The amount of times I’ve walked to the Estadio da Luz from my grandmother's apartment to watch a Benfica match is countless. The trip with my father and brother is always the same: a repetitive route with Benfica scarves wrapped around our neck all, where all we’d talk about was our club. At that time the heroes were Nuno Gomes, Karel Poborksy and Joao Pinto. It had been years since we’d won the league, and European glory was only sensed in black and white photos published in dusty books. I had no idea how great Benfica was. None at all.
Discovering Lisbon: From Portuguese culture to Cristiano Ronaldo
For a nation with just over 10 million people, the whole world of football seems to be watching Portugal. From the best player in the world striking the back of the net on a weekly basis to Benfica in the Europa League final to Lisboa hosting the Champions League final, the whole country seems to be soaking in the attention ahead of the World Cup.
To join the celebration, our good friend Jimmy Conrad and the KICKTV crew took to Lisbon. Our very own Dominic Vieira, unofficial ambassador of Portuguese football, gave them a proper tour of the place he calls home, showed them around the city’s two biggest clubs.